The Theorists are multi-disciplinary experimentalists rooted in optimism who create in Austin, Texas and beyond.
We are polymaths who believe
people matter, places matter,
and all we have is each other.
What if you did what you love
with those you love
for a little longer?
Our mantra comes from
William Twain Morrow (age 94)
from his insatiable desire to ask, “what if?”
Our year-round TBX [ Toolbox ] Laboratory training program includes weekly classes, workshops, choreographic residencies, and professional development.
Beginning with ourselves, we are agents of change. Our goal is to ignite movers of diverse backgrounds to harmonize complexities with coherency and coordination, within themselves, and with each other, and to show up daily with a hunger for life. Showing up is the show.
Our movement research includes over 14 years of Gaga directly under Ohad Naharin, Fighting Monkey™ with Jozef Frucek, Linda Kapetanea, and Jakub Zeman, Countertechnique® with Kira Blazek and Joy Davis, Classical Ballet, Feldenkrais®, Gyrokinesis®, and mentorship from Deborah Hay, Jesse Zaritt, Jason Akira Somma, and Sara Shelton Mann.
Based in Austin, collaborators hail from across The Near East, India, South Korea, Europe, North, Central, and South America. They have shared their research and performances in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Cuernavaca, Dallas-Fort Worth, Delhi, Detroit, Guadalajara, Houston, Huntsville, Kerala, Monterrey, México City, Nashville, NYC, Oakland, Phoenix, Puebla, Richmond, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Seattle, Switzerland, Tulsa, and Vancouver. These culminate in REST Fest held annually in Austin featuring over 100+ multi-disciplinary artists, performances, classes, and installations.
Art-fiction portrait/exhibition “Batsheva,” is written by Saundra Goldman and produced by Rino Pizzi with the artistic guidance of Deborah Hay. “The Lady of” solo was selected by Nancy Wozny as Arts and Culture’s standouts for the 2014-15 season and “Carry On” received the 2016 choreographic exchange award for the 2017 Detroit Dance City Festival Gala and Dumbo Dance Festival. Excerpts of evening-length works toured Grace Street Theater, The Majestic, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Moody Performance Hall, Eisemann Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Zilker Hillside Theater, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa Ballet Studio K, and the Fort Worth Modern among others.